BA in the Teaching of History

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Teaching of History from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of History degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements36
Prerequisite and Collateral Courses8
Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure28
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours48
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
Select one of the following courses:3
The World Since 1400: Converging Worlds, New Circulations a
Topics in World History a
Select one of the following courses:3
Western Civilization to 1648 b
Western Civilization Since 1648 b
Select one of the following courses:3
Early America: From Colonization to Civil War and Reconstruction c
Modern America: From Industrialization to Globalization c
HIST 255History of Chicago c3
Two additional 200-level history courses6
HIST 300History Methods Colloquium d3
HIST 320Teaching History and the Related Disciplines3
HIST 420Teaching the Social Sciences3
Three additional 400-level history courses, including HIST 4409
The above course work must be distributed across the following fields:
African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Latin American:
Minimum of 6 hours
Minimum of 6 hours in Ancient, Medieval, or Modern European history
United States:
Minimum of 12 hours in U.S. history
Total Hours36

Teaching of History majors, in consultation with the program advisor, shall designate one of the fields of history listed above as their field of concentration, consisting of at least 9 semester hours (three courses) beyond the 100-level in that field.

Majors are required to seek guidance from the program advisor before registering for courses each semester; call (312) 413-9163 for an appointment.

Prerequisite and Collateral Courses

Required Courses
ECON 120Principles of Microeconomics a4
ECON 121Principles of Macroeconomics a4
Total Hours8
Recommended Courses
Students are encouraged but not required to take:
ANTH 101World Cultures: Introduction to Social Anthropology3
GEOG 100Concepts in Geography3
POLS 101Introduction to American Government and Politics3
PSCH 100Introduction to Psychology4
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Required Courses
ED 200Education Policy Foundations3
ED 210Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan3
SPED 410Exceptional Learners3
CI 414Middle and High School Literacy3
ED 425Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom4
HIST 475Educational Practice with Seminar I6
HIST 476Educational Practice with Seminar II6
Total Hours28

In addition to specified course work in the major field, the teacher education student must fulfill certain other requirements as well as maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in the major, a 3.00/4.00 in required education courses, and a cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00. For detailed information, see the Program Guide for Teacher Education in History, available from the secondary education coordinator in the Department of History.

Successful completion of licensure and degree requirements does not automatically confer licensure. To become licensed students must pass the following requirements:

  1. a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education
  2. the Content Area Test (before being allowed to student teach)
  3. the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

Only after these requirements have been met may students apply for licensure to the Council on Teacher Education. For more information on application procedures, contact the Council on Teacher Education located at 1333 South Halsted Street. See the Council on Teacher Education section.

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